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• Shareef Abdur-Rahim, NBA vp-basketball operations and a former NBA All-Star, has been named President of the NBA G League. Abdur-Rahim will replace Malcolm Turner, who will step down Jan. 11, 2019, to become the AD for Vanderbilt University.

• The Golden State Warriors have been named the Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated.

• MLB Network will mark its 10th anniversary Jan. 1, 2019 at 6 PM ET – “exactly 10 years to the minute when MLB Network came on the air” – with “MLB Network: 10 Years and Counting.” It will follow that with a re-airing of Don Larsen’s perfect Game Five from the 1956 World Series.

• MiLB has expanded its deal with Allegiant Airline to launch Allegiant World MasterCard, which includes points for every purchase, no blackout dates for travel, rewards specific to cardholder's favorite MiLB teams and local communities.

• The Big East has signed a deal to keep its men’s basketball conference tournament in New York’s Madison Square Garden through 2028, extending a contract that was scheduled to run through 2026 but with an opt-out clause for  2022. Financial terms were not shared.

• With one week left in NFL Pro Bowl 2019 voting the leaders are:

Drew Brees (950,818), Patrick Mahomes (884,888), Todd Gurley (747,516), Saquon Barkley (718,108), James Conner (664,897), Jared Goff ( 658,150), Antonio Brown (630,392), Alvin Kamara (582,550), Tyreek Hill (560,994) and Travis Kielce (551,249).

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Eight Teams And Venues For XFL 2020

• Dallas – Globe Life Park
• Houston – TDECU Stadium
• Los Angeles – StubHub Center
• New York/New Jersey – MetLife Stadium
• St. Louis – The Dome at America’s Center
• Seattle – CenturyLink Field
• Tampa Bay – Raymond James Stadium
• Washington, DC – Audi Field

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BABE RUTH MEMORABILIA AUCTION

A live auction is scheduled to take place in Yankee Stadium on June 15, 2019 under the auspices of Hunt Auctions, to include 100s of items from the Babe Ruth family that have been in their possession since he passed away in 1948, most of which have not been seen in public. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

Among the items:  

• Babe Ruth Professional Model cleats
• Babe Ruth 60th Home Run Autographed display piece
• Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan Champion Batsman presentational trophy
• Lou Gehrig signed and inscribed photograph to Babe Ruth
• Babe Ruth's 1930-31 New York Yankees "Better year than President" player contract
• Babe Ruth 1935 Boston Braves autographed contract agreement
• Babe Ruth personal check ledger with related signed documents
• Babe Ruth single signed baseballs and autographed photographs
    •    Babe Ruth 1934 Tour of Japan presentational pass
    •    Babe Ruth personal photographic albums including autographed exemplars
    •    Babe Ruth 12 Point Deer Trophy Mount with photographic provenance

Other items not from the Ruth family include:

    •    Babe Ruth Professional Model Bat with Home Run Notches c.1926-29
    •    Babe Ruth "Bustin Babes" barnstorming equipment travel case c.1920s (Waite Hoyt provenance)
    •    Highly significant 1923 New York Yankees World Championship presentational Spalding trophy
• 1923 New York Yankees World Champions team autographed ledger sheet

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Weekend Box Office Nov. Dec. 7-9
1. Ralph Breaks the Internet $16.1M
2. The Grinch $15.7M
3. Creed II $10.3M
4. Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald $6.8M
5. Bohemian Rhapsody $6M
6. Instant Family $5.6M
7. Green Book $3.9M
8. Robin Hood $3.6M
9. Possession of Hannah Grace $3.2M
10. Widows $3.1M

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Mar232018

As Spend On Pets Tops $69B, MLB Pitches Paw-Fect Game With Bark At The Park

By Barry Janoff

March 23, 2018: The dog days of baseball traditionally not until August.

The bring your dog to the park days happen all season long.

Central Garden & Pet brands AvoDerm Natural Pet Foods and Nylabone along with the American Pet Products Assn. is joining with several MLB teams for a Bark at the Park campaign to “promote pet adoption and raise awareness about the powerful bond between people and their pets.”

The Bark at the Park tour will make stops this season during games in the stadiums of numerous MLB teams, including  the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers.

The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers are among teams conducting a similar promotion, Pups in the Park; while teams such as the Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves conduct their own Bark in the Park events.

All told, more than half of MLB’s teams hold bring your canine to the game day on an annual basis.

Each of the teams work with local pet rescue and/or adoption agencies to raise funds and awareness.

Tony La Russa, Hall of Fame manager and vp-special assistant with the Boston Red Sox (pictured below) returns as Bark at the Park’s official ambassador.

He will help promote the program through a PSA campaign at participating ballparks encouraging people to adopt a new pet or a pal for their current pet.

La Russa is co-founder and chairman for the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), which will again receive donations from Central Garden & Pet and the teams to support ARF’s many initiatives, including their Pets For Vets program, which provides dogs and trains them to be service dogs for military veterans in need.

The MLB initiatives come as overall spending in the pet industry hit a record $69.51 billion in 2017, nearly $3 billion dollars and a 4% growth over the $66.75 billion spent in 2016), according to the American Pet Products Assn.

The figure covers pet spending in the market categories of food, supplies/over-the-counter (OTC) medications, veterinary care, live animal purchases and other services.

Spending on pet food continues to be the highest source of dollars spent $29 billion plus, up from $28.2 billion in 2016. The figure is expected to grow to almost $30 billion in 2018.

Veterinary care spending remains the second highest source of spending in the pet industry at $17.07 billion, up 7% from 2016.

The third highest source of spending is in supplies and over the counter (OTC) medications, with $15.11 billion spent on items such as beds, collars, leashes, toys, travel items, clothing, food and water bowls, and other accessories in 2017, according to APPA.

One of the highest growth categories is 2017 was “other services,” with $6.16 billion spend, up almost 7%. The category includes pet services outside of health care such as grooming, boarding, walking, training, pet sitting and yard services and more.

Regarding Bark at the Park, “More than 30,000 dogs and their families have attended our Bark at the Park events over the years,” Jim Heim, president-business development for Central Garden & Pet, said in a statement.

“Our pets are part of our families and people are including their pets in family trips and activities. Baseball has really embraced this trend over the last decade and we are proud to have helped develop and promote the concept through our various team partnerships.”

At the games on designated days, people can purchase tickets for themselves and their dogs, join in a pre-game parade around the field and enjoy pet-friendly activities and free product samples.

The season-long program will include in-store messaging at local independent retailers in select markets, PSAs, national media, charitable fundraising and direct engagement with fans at ballparks nationwide.

Tickets for Bark at the Park, Pups in the Park and similar promotions are available through the respective teams’ official Web sites (while tickets last).

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